A venture capitalist is a relatively new breed of investors, but they are now seen as a fundamental part of the startup ecosystem globally. They provide funding to private companies that exhibit potential for high growth. Additionally, they may also serve as advisors to a company and sit on its board of directors if they have a significant stake in it. If you want to know more about them, then discussed in the article are the top ten best venture capitalists.
Top Ten Best Venture Capitalists
Our list of the top venture capitalists is based on a Forbes Midas List, which is produced in partnership with TrueBridge Capital Partners. Following are the top ten best venture capitalists:
Hans Tung is a managing partner at GGV, which he joined in 2013. Tung started his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Before joining GGV, he worked for Qiming Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners. At Qiming Venture, he co-led a Series A investment in Xiaomi, while at Bessemer, he helped companies, including Skype, expand into China. In 2020, Tung seems to be focusing on food production and delivery.
Paley is a co-founder and partner at Founder Collective. He has led investments into many popular companies, including BookBub, Contently, Uber, Cruise, HotelTonight, Kuvee and more. Paley was the co-founder and CEO of Brontes Technologies, which was a 3D imaging mass customization company. In 2006, 3M acquired Brontes Technologies. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Abstract Edge, which is a New York-based web application development and marketing company.
Meeker is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture funding firm. Forbes declared Meeker as the 77th most powerful lady on the planet in 2014. She has worked for about twenty years with Morgan Stanley, and in 2020 joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Some of her notable investments include Twitter, Square, Spotify, DocuSign and more. In 2019, she announced starting Bond, a new venture firm.
Gurley is a general partner at Benchmark, which is a California-based Silicon Valley investment firm. He started his career in 1989 as an electrical engineer for Compaq Computers. In 1993, he completed his MBA from UT Austin and joined Credit Suisse First Boston as an equity research analyst. After working for three years with Credit Suisse, Bill joined Deutsche Bank and then in 1997, he joined Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
Liu is a general partner at Morningside Venture Capital and has 20 years of venture capital investment experience. He is an expert in media, entertainment, consumer service, enterprise, AI and FinTech. He also plays a crucial role in managing early stage investments in the Chinese TMT industry. Xiaomi, which went public in 2018, is one of Liu’s biggest achievements. He has also led a successful investment in Xiaopeng Motors, Horizon Robotics, Agora and more.
Chaddha is the managing director of Mayfield Fund. He has led or co-founded many startups, including iBeam Broadcasting (a streaming media content delivery network), Rivio/CPA.com (SaaS provider for small businesses), and VXtreme (a streaming media platform, which later became Windows Media). So far, Chaddha has invested in more than 50 companies, of which 20 have been acquired and 17 went public. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Horowitz is a founding partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to this, he was an angel investor and the co-founder of Opsware. In 2007, Opsware (formerly Loudcloud) was acquired by HP. He has also served as a VP and general manager of AOL’s e-commerce platform division, as well as VP of Netscape Communications. In 2009, he started Andreessen Horowitz with Marc Andreessen. Lyft is one of Horowitz’s successful exits.
Botha is a partner at Sequoia, where he has led rounds into YouTube, Instagram, 23andMe and more. Prior to Sequoia, Botha was the CFO at Paypal. He joined PayPal in March 2000 while completing his MBA at Stanford. He also helped the company with its IPO in early 2002. Botha joined Sequoia Capital in 2003, where he focuses on internet, services and software investments.
Braccia is a partner at Accel. He joined Accel in 2007 and has focused on consumer-oriented mobile and web services companies. Prior to Accel, he had spent about a decade at Yahoo. He is an early investor in Slack, Squarespace, Vox Media, Cornershop, Cloudera, Hotel Tonight and more. Braccia is from Santa Rosa, while he graduated from the University of Arizona. He is a board director at Squarespace, which is a website builder, and Vox Media.
Shen is a founding managing partner of Sequoia Capital China. He initially worked with banking companies, including Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, Citibank and more. He left the financial services industry in 2019 to co-found travel organization Ctrip.com, where he became the CFO. Shen is also the co-founder of the hotel network, Home Inns. In 2005, he co-founded Sequoia Capital China with assistance from U.S. partners Michael Moritz and Doug Leon.